Sometimes You Just Need a Drink
You would be amazed, shocked and probably a little disgusted to learn that there’s pretty much nothing that people all over the world won’t try to ferment and drink as a cocktail. In fact there is a fascinating number of exotic and totally crazy cocktails from nearly every country ranging from the ancient to the absolutely bizarre. For those who want to get right to the most extreme, the following is a list of the most exotic cocktails in the world.
From Ancient Lost Wisdom to Getting Smashed With Science
10) Chica – starting off with one of the oldest fermented drinks in central and South America. Traditional Chica is made from corn and an extra special ingredient, human saliva. Yes. You read that correctly. Chica makers chew all of the corn themselves to moisturize it after grinding it. The chewed corn balls are then put into large clay jugs and then warm water is added. After a few days of fermentation it’s ready to be enjoyed.
9) Lizard Wine – Ever wake up and suddenly decide there weren’t enough dead animals in your wine? Well Lizard wine has the answer! A very popular drink in China, rice wine, ginseng and a few Gecko lizards are added to a clay vat. It takes a whole year of patiently waiting but after 12 months the mixture is strained and what remains is a green liquor thought to improve eyesight and ward off evil spirits.
8) Snake Wine – In case just plain old lizards was not exciting enough you could always double down and go for the wine with the dead cobra in it. In fact, snake wine is considered a powerful cure for a wide variety of illnesses.
7) Squirrel Beer – This time the animals will stay out of the bottle and instead be used to cover it instead. That’s right squirrel beer bottle come in a furry cozy which just so happens to be the remains of a real forest dweller. The beer itself is a blond Belgian ale, but in this case the over the top presentation makes it one of the more exotic beverages on our list.
6) Bull Shooter – Finally an item that doesn’t involve stuffing live or dead animals into any alcoholic liquid. Molecular mixologists in Dresden created the Bull Shooter as a kind of experiment. It’s served in a test tube and is just as fun. In the test tube are pearls of Blue Cacao vodka and Red Bull. All you need to do is sprinkle them on your lounge a you’re in for a special treat.
5) Yogurito – Alcoholic yogurt? Yes please! This beverage actually a type of alcoholic yogurt that is exotic because of where it’s made and who it’s made for. It’s created in Holland and bottled in France but its market is almost exclusively Japanese which is highly unusual. Yogurito’s normally mixed with orange or pineapple juice creating a sweet taste
4) Pulque – Like Chica it’s a traditional drink of Mexico made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. In Ancient Mexico being able to drink it was an honor and limited to a select number of individuals.
3) The Bloody Caesar – In case you’ve in the mood for a good coup, go right for this incredible cocktail, The Bloody Caesar. In essence this Canadian drink is about 90% Bloody Mary and 10% one crazy ingredient, Clam broth. It was created by a restaurant manager who was told to create a a drink for an Italian restaurant. Even though this drink is widely popular in Canada it is virtually unknown anywhere else in the world.
2) Meatequita – Developed in London, the Meatequita is a drink for all those who love meat featuring a unique blend of vegetable juice, tequila, balsamic vinegar and of course chorizo sausage infused Tequila. People describe it like having an appetizer in a glass. Usually garnished with a piece of sausage too!
1) Baby Mouse Wine – Okay so, forget reptiles all together, why not put a bunch of baby mice in the wine instead? Another popular panacea beverage in China and Korea, the trick to getting it just right is to drown a bunch of baby mice in the bottle before corking it up for ageing. Many people in lower economic strata choose to put baby mice into a rice wine rather than see a physician due to it’s purported healing abilities.
Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Now that you have heard about the 10 most exotic cocktails in the world done be afraid to get out there and try something totally new. Travelling and experiencing the a crazy new beverage is half the fun. You may not try all of these (I sure wouldn’t) but if you are ever feeling adventurous this list is definitely a good place to start.